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iomega Select 2TB USB 2.0 3.5" External Hard Drive 34974 Black

  • 2TB
  • USB 2.0
  • 1 year limited
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year

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  • jude y.
  • 7/5/2012 5:14:03 PM
  • Tech Level: Low
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggs

Pros: None.

Cons: Produce lost power and stopped working immediately after warranty expired. New Egg discontinued the product most likely due to inferoir quality. Why distribute a product that fails immediately after the expirtion of the warranty. Shame on New Egg.

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  • William V.
  • 2/18/2012 8:58:29 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWish more were available

Pros: I got 2 of these on sale over a year ago, 1 for backing up 3 computers, 1 for file archives, and both have worked without trouble of any kind, even after 1 fell about 3 feet to a carpeted floor while operating! I was sure it was bricked, but when I plugged it back in it came right up (whew!).

Cons: None so far, after over a year's use (not constant, of course - backup and archival). I've seen a couple of reviews wanting a power switch, but I find it unnecessary, as even if you leave it plugged into AC it doesn't spin up until you plug in USB (and vice-versa - leave in USB it doesn't come on until you power w/AC)

Other Thoughts: I would buy another one or two if I could! With "flooding in Thailand" prices have gone up since I got these. Could use more!

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  • Asa B.
  • 8/21/2011 7:14:04 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Good price / size

Cons: The drive zaps my computer occationally. After repeatedly fixing the computer following these issues (once going so far as to have to open it up and check to see if the PS survived), I got an external USB hub for it, with overdraw protection. The thing overdraws power CONSISTENTLY. I consider it a risk for anyone to plug this directly into a computer. Since it kind of works (and attacks my computer) I kept it around to try to fix it way to long. Should have had it replaced.

Other Thoughts: Dangerous product.

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  • Donald J.
  • 7/22/2011 8:14:18 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsLess than a month

Pros: Good price

Cons: Died (Simply "clicks" repeatedly) less than a month after arriving. Brand new product + dies FAST = utter waste of cash.

Manufacturer Response:

Hi, Don -
Thank you for your feedback. The symptom you report - a clicking sound - can be caused by inadequate power. Some USB connections (especially laptops and hubs) don't provide the full host charging capabilities. The first thing to try is plugging in both ends of the USB Y-cable that came with your drive. If you contact Tech Support, they can walk you through some additional troubleshooting steps to make sure.

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  • James P.
  • 6/8/2011 4:24:20 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDO NOT BUY! DOA

Pros: it looks nice even though it doesn't work

Cons: This product was DOA, i really should have heeded the warnings of the other reviews. The blue light comes on when you plug it in, and you can feel the drive spin up, but it is not recognized by the computer. I have multiple computers running a variety of different OS (Windows 7, XP, Linux, etc.) none of them recognized the drive.

Other Thoughts: I'm a computer tech and I should have known better. There have been reports where you need to open the drive and reattach the connections manually and that seems feasible, but I did not want to damage the case (I returned it after messing with it) seeing as how there are no screws and you have to pry it open with a flathead screwdriver.

My recommendation is to spend a little more and get a WD My Book. I have a couple of those drives and I have never had any problems. I wanted to try something new but now I will only be buying WD My Books!

Manufacturer Response:

Hello, Jphan -
If your disk was DOA, you need to contact Tech Support and get a replacement. It doesn't sound like a problem with the hardware, though. You may need to simply reformat the disk. In any case, please do contact Support for a resolution.

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  • Carrie O.
  • 5/25/2011 1:51:36 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsNot ideal for HTPC use

Pros: Price, looks, no problems with me on Windows 7 as others have reported.

Cons: Low frequency humming and the fact that the power is constant.. it does not go into sleep mode when you shut down your PC, so it's just spinning constantly. I should say it kept spinning for a good 2 minutes while I had the patience to wait and see if it ever shut itself off.. it didn't. Seems like a good way to shorten the life of your drive or some of the moving parts.

Other Thoughts: I spent a day loading this drive with files transferred from another drive. It performed as a drive in this class should so far as transfer speed. I noticed nothing different from my WD 5400 RPM drive in that regard.

I moved the drive into the room with the HTPS and the vibration of the drive casing really generated quite a bit of noise. It's a low frequency almost like a 60 cycle hum. If that wasn't enough I quickly noticed that the noise never stops because the drive never powers down. So there will be a constant bit of noise coming from this drive unless you physically remove the USB cable or the power plug after each use.

Unfortunate because I liked everything else about the drive. If you aren't bothered by noise or aren't worried about a HDD that never sleeps failing early (like if you plan to use it strictly as a archive drive and only plug it in to occasionaly back up data, then this may be a better drive for you.

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  • David C.
  • 5/19/2011 1:59:26 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsQuick death

Pros: The price and capacity were appealing, in spite of the need for external power.

Cons: I died about 35 days after it was delivered. I unplugged it when I was not using it, and keep the A/C on to keep the room cool. I cannot explain the sudden death. Very disappointed since I transferred my entire music collection (11,000 songs) from my hard drive to the external...gone.

Other Thoughts: I hate you

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  • Steve W.
  • 5/13/2011 3:20:22 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat

Pros: lots of room, great price.

Cons: as all external desktop hdd's go, its large and not too portable. not really a con IMO more of a side note.

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  • David B.
  • 5/5/2011 5:37:43 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Good Value

Cons: Doesn't work. Would not show up in My Computer or Device Manager. I'm looking for a quality product that is plug & play. This unit did not plug & play with my 6-month old HP Pavilion Elite Windows 7 Computer. Would it have worked if I had dorked around with the settings on my computer? I don't know.

Other Thoughts: I believe that in this day and age this type of device should work by just plugging it in - without any fuss. I don't have the time or desire mess with it.

Manufacturer Response:

We couldn't agree more - external devices should be as simple as plug-and-play. We design all of our products to this standard. The Select Desktop is a particularly easy-to-use unit, and normally is recognized automatically by Windows 7 USB drivers.

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  • Klayton A.
  • 4/27/2011 6:48:12 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDEAD ON ARRIVAL

Pros: Can't tell - it doesn't work.

Cons: Operationally challenged.

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